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Personality as Art

Artistic Approaches to Psychology

By (author) Peter Chadwick
Format: Paperback
Publisher: PCCS Books, Manchester, United Kingdom
Published: 25th Jul 2001
Dimensions: h 245mm
ISBN-10: 1898059357
ISBN-13: 9781898059356
Barcode No: 9781898059356
Not everyone wants to live a rational life, or a life guided by the advice of science. Here Peter Chadwick explores Person as Artist, rather than Person as Scientist, and so establishes an alternative ideology for psychology which looks at Life as Art. Chadwick concentrates on the beauty of personality, rather than its traits and constructs, and the music of the mind, rather than its structure and function. Using artistic methods such as the biographical sketch, photography, prose, poetry, music, autobiography and stream-of-consciousness writing, he explores the momentary, the expressive, the intangible and the aesthetic aspects of personality so readily ignored in scientific analysis. By studying both the individual person in context and in detail, and by calling on the ideas of mind and self-hood of great writers, an appreciation of personality is reached that is different from, and deeper than, the generalizations of mass-population study.

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It is rare to read a book that is truly inspirational. This is one of those books ... You need to be aware that the book is aimed at psychology graduates and all those interested in the science versus art debate. It is, therefore, fairly technical in its examination of the academic subject of psychology (eg structualism, rationalism and positivism versus constructivism, expressionism and phenomenology). That said, how Chadwick does this is quite remarkable ... This is a beautiful book written by a deep, caring man who knows his subject well. I warmly recommend it. Theodore Stickley, University of Nottingham, Openmind, March/April 2002